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October 19, 2011

Virginia’s Terminal Velocity Successfully Defends Title at 2011 Operations Challenge Competition
Reigning champs place first among 37 teams from across the U.S. and Canada 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces that the 2010 reigning champions, Terminal Velocity from the Virginia Water Environment Association, once again took top honors during yesterday’s Operations Challenge competition—held as part of WEFTEC® 2011, WEF’s 84th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, that is taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The team of Paul Cubilla, Steve Motley, Jason Truitt, and Captain Donnie Cagle, competed against 37 teams from across the United States and Canada during the fast-paced, two-day event. The full competition results include:

Division 1

First Place: Terminal Velocity, Virginia Water Environment Association
Second Place: L.A. Wrecking Crew, California Water Environment Association
Third Place: TRA CReWSers, Water Environment Association of Texas

Division 2

First Place: Seacoast Sewer Snakes, New England Water Environment Association
Second Place: River Rangers, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Third Place: Wasted Gas, Water Environment Association of Utah

Now in its 24th year, Operations Challenge has grown from an original 22-team event to its current 37-team, two-division format. Winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events including collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety. The events are designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories—all vital to the protection of public health and the environment.

WEFTEC is recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality event and provides the latest technologies and services for water environment preservation, restoration, and sustainability. WEFTEC 2011 is taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 15-19. With an attendance of more than 16,000 national and international water professionals and nearly 1,000 exhibiting water companies, the 84th annual event is the city’s second largest conference this year.

Visit www.weftec.org for details.

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.